March 2014: Virtue

 

“One of the virtues of being very young is that you don’t let facts get in the way of your imagination.” The American humorist Sam Levenson once said that. When we typically think of virtues, we think of our positive qualities and what good things we want from our lives. Virtue is actually our high moral standards and how we strive to do the right things in our everyday lives. Webster’s Dictionary defines virtue as “having morally good behavior or character.” That is why we believe that character is an important part of our lives! Virtuous people try every day to make the world a better place.

 

Virtuous Americans – Past and Present

Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States

President Lincoln was one of the most beloved presidents in the history of our great country! He strived to bring us together by eliminating slavery with the passing of the Emancipation Proclamation. He also wanted every American to have the opportunity to go to college, so he created the Morrill Act, which created land-grant colleges all over the country to include Iowa State University, the University of Georgia, and even the University of Arizona! Abraham Lincoln believed that all men were created equal and that liberty should be for everyone.

 

Thurgood Marshall, Former Supreme Court Justice

Thurgood Marshall was known as the first Black United States Supreme Court Justice. However, Thurgood was much, much more. He was a champion of civil rights for all people, regardless of race, color, or gender. “In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute.” Marshall fought to overturn Plessy v. Ferguson, which allowed segregation in the United States. He argued for equal rights in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka.

 

Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, U.S. House of Representatives

Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen was the first Latina to be elected to the United States Congress. Ileana immigrated to the United States when she was young, escaping the Communist forces of Cuba. and became an advocate of human rights around the world. She also has campaigned tirelessly to promote equal rights and fair treatment for everyone.